You are using a 50 Mbps broadband and suddenly you find your Internet speed is a mere 1 Mbps to 3 Mbps. Your first reaction would be that the broadband provider may be suffering a tech glitch or a downtime. But you notice that your Internet speed doesn’t increase, you go to your Wi-Fi router and switch it off, wait for 30 seconds and switch it on again.
The switch-off method may work for a single instance of dropping Internet speed but if it is happening regularly, the problem actually lies in your Wi-Fi router. Why? In this article, I will explain you in the article why resetting Wi-Fi router is a sure-fire cure dropping Internet speed.
Resetting your router is quite different from restarting your router. While restarting your router doesn’t change any settings and merely reconnects with your ISP using your current configuration, a router reset will allow you to set it from scratch where it will work at default optimal levels.
You have to understand that the main reason for persistent slowing down your Wi-Fi speed has more to do with your ISP than your router. Just like your computer, the ISP also stores cookies and saves your junk data reducing your Internet speeds. Resetting your router will take your settings back to the optimum level.
Actually, you should habitually do a reset if you feel you are not getting the promised Internet speed. While resetting the router may be a great way to get back to square one, do remember, when you reset your Wi-Fi router, you will lose all the special commands and setting that you have made.
There is a way out for that as well. If you want to retain the current network settings, you should first log into the router’s web interface and save the current settings to a file (most routers will have this setting in the web interface). While in the interface, you can choose to reset the router via its web interface using a function called Reset or Restore, which restores the router to its factory default condition.
Most Wi-Fi routers have the reset button on their rear panel while some may have it on the underside. The reset button is almost always recessed but you should be able to access it with a straightened-out paper clip.
To reset, make sure the router is turned on, press and hold the reset button for 10 seconds, then release it. The router will then restart in the factory default setting. Now you can proceed with setting it up like you did when you first got it or, if you saved the settings, restore them from a file.
Do it once in a while and you will find that your network speed has increased considerably.
( Note: While working with your router keep in mind you should update it to use a good DNS service to improve your security and reduce risks. For more on that see: A Simple DNS Configuration Change Can Reduce Your Risk. Here Is What To Do)